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The Internet is a part of our everyday lives, whether we’re socializing with friends, applying to a school or looking for a new job. Now more than ever, it’s important to pay attention to what’s online about you and take steps to ensure a positive persona— both personally and professionally.

Check out the resources on this page to see what you can do for yourself and others to help stay safe online.

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Anything you post can become part of your online reputation and your online brand for the rest of your digital life. So before you post, ask yourself:

  • Could this hurt others?
  • Would I share this with my parents?
  • Could this endanger opportunities for my future?

Remember the Internet is permanent, vast and always listening. Any one of your selfies could show up at your first job interview.

Tip: Carefully select the pictures you share. A simple photo can ruin your reputation.
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What potential online risk concerns you the most?

  • 28% Financial loss
  • 08% Loss of job due to tarnished online reputation
  • 10% Online information damaging relationships with family/friends
  • 06% Being bullied or harassed online
  • 12% Loss of personal privacy
  • 09% Poor performance of computer
  • 06% Data loss
  • 17% Finding spyware, adware, or other tracking software on my devices
  • 05% I do not have concerns about going online

What is the greatest benefit the Internet has brought to your life?


  • 40% Learning
  • 16% Socializing
  • 14% Exploring
  • 07% Conducting business
  • 14% Entertainment
  • 09% Other

Did you know?

  • 16,300 years

    Estimated time lost while repairing damage to online personal reputations in 2013

  • $4.6 billion

    Estimated amount lost worldwide due to damaged professional reputations

  • Less than 20%

    Percentage of respondents who have taken active steps to edit or remove online information that might impact their reputations

  • Only 31%

    Percentage of those surveyed who take time to protect their reputations online

  • $1.4 billion

    Estimated worldwide financial losses while repairing online damage to personal reputations in 2013

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